HomeMiningPrairies Snapshot: 8 corporations to look at


Manitoba and Saskatchewan constantly rank best a number of the international’s premier jurisdictions for mining and mineral exploration. The next are 8 corporations with operations within the provinces. 


Toronto-headquartered Appia Uncommon Earths & Uranium (CSE: API; US-OTC; APAAF) is exploring for uncommon earth parts (REEs) in addition to gallium and uranium in Saskatchewan. 

In July, Appia introduced the final touch of the primary section of its 2022 exploration and drill program at the 100%-owned Alces Lake high-grade REEs and gallium assets within the prolific Athabasca Basin space within the north of the province. 

The corporate drilled 100 holes for a report metreage of one,740.9 metres in a report time of four-and-a-half months at the 27-sq.-km assets, which lies north of Lake Athabasca and the Athabasca Basin, about 34 km east of Uranium Town and 135 km west of Stony Rapids. 

The drilling, Appia stated, incorporated further delineation drilling at the high-grade mineralization within the WRCB discovery, the place a complete of 37 gap have been drilled, together with in the past undrilled monazite goals at Danny and Wilson/Wilson North (adjoining to WRCB), preliminary delineation drilling of 44 holes (7,344 metres) on discoveries at Magnet Ridge (previously Augier) and Magnet Ridge West, and preliminary drilling on extremely potential anomalies at West Limb. 

The brand new drilling at WRCB prolonged the rage of the REE mineralization by way of roughly 120 metres alongside strike for a complete of 280 metres of strike-length mineralization, which stays open to the northwest and southeast, stated Appia. 

Frederick Kozak, the corporate’s president, famous in a July 26 press unlock that construction at the workforce’s revel in in 2021, the corporate were given an early get started in March at the 2022 drill program. ““Kudos to all the workforce of drillers, helpers, camp strengthen and the geology workforce for this report accomplishment,” he stated. “Appia drilled greater than double the 2021 metreage in much less time than the former yr’s program. We have now completed all of our preliminary section drilling objectives and now eagerly look forward to assay effects to devise the following section of drilling.” 

Appia Uncommon Earths & Uranium has a marketplace cap of $16.6 million. 


Baselode Power (TSXV: FIND, US-OTC: BSENF) is a Canadian uranium exploration corporate in search of the following world-class deposit within the Athabasca Basin space of northern Saskatchewan. 

Primarily based in Toronto, the corporate holds 1,590 sq. km of extremely potential land overlaying 3 initiatives within the space — Catharsis, Hook, and Shadow. 

In September, Baselode introduced assay effects from an extra 28 drill holes of a finished 22,500-metre diamond drill program at the ACKIO high-grade uranium discovery on Hook. The valuables encompasses 420 sq. km adjoining to the Athabasca Basin, roughly 40 km southeast of the McArthur River mine, 60 km northeast of the Key Lake uranium mill, and 16 km west of the all-season provincial freeway 905 and powerlines.   

Highlights from the drilling incorporated holes AK22-034, which intersected 6.7 metres grading 0.41% uranium oxide (U3O8) ranging from 170.7 metres downhole, together with 2.1 metres at 0.87% U3O8; AK22-035, which returned 7.3 metres at 0.54% U3O8 from 160.2 metres, together with 4.1 metres at 0.66% U3O8; and AK22-036, which hit 16.5 metres at 0.16% U3O8 from 133 metres. 

Baselode says that ACKIO measures greater than 375 metres alongside strike, greater than 150 metres broad, and accommodates no less than 5 separate zones, with mineralization beginning as shallow as 28 metres and increasing right down to kind of 300 metres intensity. The majority of mineralization at ACKIO, it says, happens within the higher 200 metres and stays open to the west, south, and alongside the Athabasca sandstone unconformity to the east and south. 

Commenting in a Sept. 12 press unlock, James Sykes, the corporate’s president and CEO, stated that Baselode “used to be keen about confirming further near-surface, high-grade uranium mineralization in numerous drill holes at ACKIO,” with 4 of the reported drill holes (AK22-038, AK22-051, AK22-052, and AK22-058) having intersected uranium mineralization beginning on the glacial overburden touch with bedrock. 

“That’s as shallow as conceivable at ACKIO and really encouraging,” he famous.  “There hasn’t been mineralization as shallow as those effects reported within the Athabasca up to now few many years… We imagine ACKIO has important upside possible, and we look ahead to making plans the following section of diamond drilling to find extra shallow, high-grade uranium mineralization.” 

Baselode Power has a marketplace cap of $65.1 million. 


Callinex Mines (TSXV: CNX; US-OTC: CLLXF) is exploring for base and treasured metals within the Flin Flon mining district of Manitoba. 

The Canadian junior is enthusiastic about advancing its 100%-owned Pine Bay venture, a district-scale land bundle containing 4 volcanogenic large sulphide (VMS) deposits over a ten km-long pattern that comes with the high-grade Rainbow copper-zinc-gold-silver deposit, roughly 16 km east of the town of Flin Flon. 

An aerial view of Callinex Mines’ Pine Bay venture in Manitoba. Credit score: Callinex Mines

In September, Callinex introduced the invention of Alchemist, a brand new high-grade copper, zinc, gold, and silver bearing VMS deposit at the assets. The corporate stated that Alchemist sits on the base of the interpreted enlargement fault hall that hosts six different deposits together with the Rainbow deposit, roughly 1,420 meters to the east. 

The Alchemist discovery drill gap, ALC-11, intersected 2.3 metres grading 0.9% copper, 1.76% zinc, 0.22 gram gold in line with tonne, and seven.05 grams silver (1.78% copper-equivalent) from 716 metres downhole. That gap used to be checking out Anomaly B, a 600- by way of 400-metre extremely conductive bore-hole pulse electromagnetic (BPEM) anomaly that sits inside the centre of the mapped millrock at Millrock Mountain. 

J.J. O’Donnell, Callinex’s exploration supervisor, stated in a Sept. 7 press unlock that the invention “helps the newly proposed VMS machine which has developed because the discovery of the Rainbow deposit in August 2020,” including that the brand new discovery “is evidence of idea that the valuables has the possible to host more than one new discoveries.” 

Preliminary information signifies a steeply dipping/plunging machine in a similar way outlined on the Rainbow deposit.  

The corporate introduced certain effects from drilling at Rainbow in mid-September, reporting what Callinex president and CEO Max Porterfield stated have been “probably the most widest periods and perfect copper grades intersected” but. 

Hollow PBM-177 minimize 33.7 metres of four.29% copper, 0.22 gram gold in line with tonne, 4.63 grams silver and zero.31% zinc (or 4.6% copper equal) from 636.3 metres intensity. The delineation drill gap on the deposit’s Orange zone incorporated shorter sections of 10.5 metres of five.9% copper, 14.4 metres of five% copper and seven metres of 6.38% copper. 

A step-out gap increasing the Yellow zone at Rainbow returned 11 metres of two.43% copper, 0.24 gram gold in line with tonne, 5 grams silver and zero.89% zinc, or 2.98% copper equal. The similar gap then intersected the Orange zone, returning 11.7 metres of two.44% copper, 0.22 gram gold, 4.36 grams silver and zero.36% zinc, or 2.76% copper equal. 

Callinex Mines has a marketplace cap of $41.2 million. 


CanAlaska Uranium (TSXV: CVV; OTC: CVVUF) is a Canadian venture generator that holds pursuits in kind of 3,000 sq. km of land holdings in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, one of the vital international’s richest uranium districts. The corporate’s uranium houses come with the Waterbury South, West McArthur, and Moon Lake South initiatives. 

In August, the Vancouver-headquartered junior launched assay effects from its 2022 summer season drill program on West McArthur, a three way partnership with Cameco (TSX: CCO; NYSE: CCJ). CanAlaska lately owns 78% of the JV and is the venture’s operator. 

The corporate stated that the drilling used to be enthusiastic about increasing a brand new discovery at the assets. Hollow WMA067, it stated, used to be the primary to be drilled into a brand new basement-hosted uranium discovery at the venture and intercepted a high-grade intersection of 9 metres grading 2.4% uranium oxide (U3O8) from 906.5 metres downhole, together with a higher-grade period of 6 metres at 3.5% U3O8

That gap, stated CanAlaska, used to be designed to check a powerful conductor anomaly recognized all over the 2022 wintry weather geophysical program, 6 km alongside strike to the southwest of the 42 zone mineralization at the assets.  

Commenting at the drill lead to an Aug. 22 press unlock, Cory Belyk, the corporate’s CEO, stated that “This new discovery drillhole intersection has now been showed by way of assay effects to be broad and high-grade,” and “is even wider than at the start expected.” 

He added that the “taste and grade of mineralization is paying homage to probably the most very best basement-hosted uranium drillhole intersections encountered within the Athabasca Basin and at massive uranium deposits comparable to Eagle Level, Millennium and Arrow. Affirmation of width and grade of mineralization on this drillhole is a thrilling success for CanAlaska, its shareholders, and the three way partnership at a time when the arena wishes extra high-grade uranium deposits to be discovered to strengthen long run blank power call for.” 

CanAlaska Uranium has a marketplace cap of $52 million. 


Vancouver-headquartered Flying Nickel Mining (TSXV: FLYN; US-OTC: FLYNF) is enthusiastic about advancing its 100%-owned Minago nickel sulphide venture within the southern a part of Manitoba’s Thompson nickel belt, 270 km south of the town of Thompson. 

In September, the junior introduced that Minago is anticipated to have an business main carbon footprint and may well be not up to 99% of current world nickel manufacturing. 

Flying Nickel stated that, when in operation, the venture is anticipated to provide 0.99 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in line with tonne of nickel-equivalent manufacturing over the lifetime of mine, which it says is 97% not up to the business reasonable of 33.4 tonnes of CO2 in 2021. 

The effects, it stated, are in response to a find out about by way of Skarn Buddies, a metals and mining ESG consultancy. In step with Flying Nickel, the carbon footprint estimate does now not come with the carbon offset anticipated to be equipped from the method of spontaneous mineral carbonation from the tailings and waste rock, which is comprised in large part of serpentine rock that naturally absorbs CO2 when uncovered to air. 

John Lee, the CEO of Flying Nickel stated in a Sept. 13 press unlock saying the result of the find out about that the corporate “objectives to be one of the vital international’s maximum environmentally pleasant nickel mining corporations, with the find out about demonstrating Minago being [in the] best 1% [for the] lowest carbon footprint that makes use of Manitoba’s hydroelectricity, trolley vehicles and electrical mine fleet.” He added that the blank nickel from the venture is preferably fitted to the high-performance nickel batteries powering fashionable EVs. 

Previous in September, Flying Nickel reported preliminary diamond drill effects from Minago from six holes (2,718 metres) drilled at the assets this previous wintry weather. Highlights incorporated gap FN-22-003, which intersected 113.55 metres grading 0.41% nickel, 0.01% copper, 0.006 gram gold in line with tonne, 0.033 gram platinum, and zero.096 gram palladium ranging from 284.3 metres downhole. 

That gap, the corporate stated, used to be drilled to check the downdip extension of nickel mineralization within the North Limb deposit past the in the past drilled most intensity of 250 meters from floor. Flying Nickel Mining has a marketplace cap of $12.4 million.  


Grounded Lithium (TSXV: GRD) is a Calgary-headquartered useful resource corporate enthusiastic about lithium extraction from the manufacturing of subsurface lithium brines. 

In July, the Canadian junior introduced that it had began drilling its first 100%-owned check neatly at the Kindersley lithium venture in western Saskatchewan. The neatly is situated inside the PrairieSky Royalty’s (TSX: PSK) Brine Steel and Commercial Minerals paintings allow.  

Grounded Lithium stated that the neatly, which is able to goal key zones made up our minds by way of its geological type, will allow it to earn within reach sections pursuant to the phrases of the allow.  

Commenting in a Sept. 12 press unlock, Gregg Smith, the corporate’s president and CEO, stated that it “took measured steps to construct our present land place, capitalize the corporate and set the degree or basis from which to construct,” including that it is going to now flip its consideration “to turning in effects from our box actions to additional turn out the worth proposition of our Saskatchewan lithium brine venture.” 

In step with Grounded Lithium, the check neatly’s design permits for a cheap and fast turnaround to transform it to a manufacturing neatly that may both carrier a box pilot and/or in the end shape a part of a extra complete neatly portfolio that provides feedstock to a industrial plant. 

The check neatly, it stated, will reach a two-fold goal: supply present samples to check lithium concentrations at Kindersley, and make sure the reservoir high quality and related brine deliverability on a in line with neatly foundation. Grounded Lithium has a marketplace cap of $14.8 million. 


MAS Gold (TSXV: MAS) is a Canadian explorer enthusiastic about advancing its gold initiatives within the Los angeles Ronge gold belt of Saskatchewan. 

The corporate operates six houses within the belt, together with Preview-North, Greywacke Lake, Preview SW, Touch Lake, Elizabeth Lake, and Henry Lake totalling 351.8 sq. km. Those houses prolong alongside the geologically potential Los angeles Ronge, Kisseynew and Glennie Domain names that make up the Los angeles Ronge gold belt within the north-central area of the province. 

MAS lately has 5 complex deposits together with the North Lake, Greywacke North, Preview SW, Bakos (Touch Lake) and Level gold deposits. 

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MAS drilling at the frozen East Ramsland Lake on the corporate’s Level prospect in February’s -40 levels Celsius stipulations. Credit score: MAS Gold


In August, the Saskatoon-headquartered corporate launched the rest assays from 30 drill holes as a part of its 2022 wintry weather drill program on Los angeles Ronge. Those incorporated 22 holes from North Lake, 4 from Level, and 4 from the Earlier SW assets. 

Highlights from the drilling incorporated gap NL22-101 at North Lake, which intersected 3 metres grading 8.79 grams gold in line with tonne from 54 metres downhole, together with 1 metre at 7 grams gold; RM22-060 on Level, which returned 4.9 metres of three grams gold from 48.5 metres, together with 0.8 metre at 6.65 grams gold; and PR22-188 on Preview SW, which hit 1.6 metres of 13.4 grams gold from 142.6 metres, together with 0.7 metre at 8.85 grams gold and 1 metre at 9.47 grams gold. 

“We’re extraordinarily all for the certain effects now we have won from our wintry weather drill program,” Darren Slugoski, the corporate’s leader geologist, stated in an Aug. 9 press unlock saying the effects. 

He added that NL22-101 “confirms a southern extension of the deposit in addition to an extra possible high-grade zone. The effects from the Level deposit display a powerful possible for a vital upside with 295 metres of untested floor between the southern fringe of the Level deposit and drill gap RM22-060.” 

MAS Gold has a marketplace cap of $14 million. 


Not too long ago indexed at the TSX Undertaking Change, NiCAN (TSXV: NICN) is enthusiastic about creating nickel-copper exploration initiatives in recognized mineral belts in Canada. Those come with the 56.8-sq.-km Wine assets within the extremely potential Flin Flon-Snow Lake greenstone belt of Manitoba, about 50 km southwest of Snow Lake, and the 24.6-sq.-km Pipy assets, about 15 km north of Vale’s (NYSE: VALE) Thompson nickel mine. 

In September, the Toronto-headquartered junior launched assay effects from its first two drill holes at Wine. Hollow 22-05 intersected 3 distinct zones of mineralization, together with 27.3 metres grading 2.01% nickel, 1.81% copper, 0.09% cobalt, 0.2 gram gold in line with tonne, and zero.28 gram palladium (2.61% nickel equal) ranging from 43 metres downhole. 

Hollow Wine-22-02 minimize 4 zones of mineralization together with 2.8 metres grading 1.87% nickel, 0.64% copper, 0.08% cobalt, and zero.46 gram palladium (2.08% nickel equal) from 45.8 metres. 

NiCAN stated that those holes have been a part of its preliminary 17-hole, 1,600-metre diamond drill program at Wine and have been drilled to higher perceive the thickness and orientation of mineralization encountered in historical exploration and as a information to long run drilling at the assets. 

Commenting in a Sept. 8 press unlock saying the drill effects, Brad Humphrey, the corporate’s president and CEO, stated that the drilling “used to be designed to give a boost to our figuring out of the Wine Prevalence, ascertain the mineralization encountered within the ancient drilling and resolve the orientation of the mineralized frame. Intersecting more than one zones containing excessive nickel equal values could be very encouraging.” 

The preliminary 2022 exploration of Wine additionally incorporated an airborne geophysical survey, partial resampling of a ancient drill gap, and downhole geophysical (electro-magnetic) surveys, with the preliminary drill effects used to refine the geological type and to design the second one section of exploration at the assets, stated NiCAN. 

NiCAN has a marketplace cap of $12.5 million.

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